Water conservation is not only for summer. During the winter months, we see more showers and colder weather which provide opportunities to utilize different water-saving methods. To help Fountain Valley residents conserve water throughout the winter months, we’ve compiled a list of tips and reminders to help you maximize your efforts.
Reduce your outdoor watering days and times:
Once the weather cools, you can decrease the number of days you water your lawn and plants to 2 days a week or less. Just make sure that the days you choose to water line up with your assigned watering schedule. You may also want to reduce the number of times that your sprinklers are on. Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station per day, but this can easily be reduced during winter.
If it rains, don’t water your lawn:
Watering your lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited. Remember to pause or turn off your sprinklers when rain is in the forecast.
Use a water bucket:
Since it takes longer for your water to heat up, use a bucket to catch any water in the shower or kitchen that will not be used. The water collected can be used to water your plants or lawn.
Install a rain barrel:
Rain barrels capture rainwater that would otherwise be runoff and hold it for later use. They are affordable, easy to use, and are available in many styles online. A $35 rebate is available through the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC).
To learn more about the City’s current water restrictions and available water efficiency rebates, visit the City’s website at www.fountainvalley.org.